Thursday, 30 July 2020
Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages
I also support this amendment. As an elected representative for Kerry and rural people, it would be remiss of me not to support this amendment. In doing so, I am supporting ordinary working people who may be in trouble with their houses and before the courts because vulture funds are trying to evict them. It would be remiss of me to neglect a farmer whose land may be taken from him. I support this amendment in order to defend any developer or landowner whose lands or factory building might be taken from him or her. There may be jobs at stake in such circumstances. It is wrong to give the vulture funds a whip hand in a court scenario and while I support the aspects of the Bill that deal with the pandemic, I am not supporting the rest of it because all those other things should receive legislative scrutiny.
We all know that too many cooks spoil the broth. This legislation has been rushed together by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party. It will not be the three parties that are blamed in the fullness of time when this becomes known as wrong legislation, it will be the Minister. An hour or so ago, I wished the Minister well in her new post. I am appealing to her to see the light of day here and assure me that the Government will insert a sunset clause and expiry date into this Bill. If that is not done, this legislation is a recipe for disaster. The way this Bill is being rushed through is unfair. The Minister is new in her job but she will-----